residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The tablets are designed to remove the odor-causing residues and grime daily loads leave behind. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Reviewers With Smelly Washing Machines Can't Stop Raving About Affresh Tablets," 7 Jan. 2019 Testing smoothness, residue, or dry time is often done via quantitative and qualitative work. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 Other videos from local media showed residents walking barefoot and covered in muddy residue. NBC News, "At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala," 4 June 2018 Police found a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue inside the truck driven by Boek before the shooting. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Uber driver fatally shoots man in 'classic stand your ground case,' Florida sheriff says," 2 Oct. 2018 Both pesticide residue and mold have been found on herb, for instance. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "8 of the Best Weed Vaporizers for the Total Beginner," 13 Dec. 2018 But the same sensors also can be affected by residue or other circumstances on the ground. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airspeed Sensors Emerge as Initial Focus in Lion Air Crash," 30 Oct. 2018 Instead, Holey swears by cleansing oils — which pull residue from pores without disrupting the equilibrium of skin — as a kinder method for achieving a radiant complexion. New York Times, "How to Exfoliate, Without Damaging Your Skin," 29 May 2018 After one use, my curls felt perfectly hydrated and bouncy, sans greasy residue. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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residue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed

: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü \

Medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü \

Legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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